The University at Buffalo women will do their dancing in Columbus, Ohio. And the St. Bonaventure women will go get a chance to strut their stuff after all, lifting some of the gloom on the Southern Tier campus after the men’s team was snubbed.
UB (20-12) a 14th seed, faces the Ohio State Buckeyes (24-7), the Big Ten runner-up, on their home court at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. If the Bulls, playing in the school’s first women’s NCAA championship, can get by No. 3 seeded OSU, the Mid-American Conference champions will face the winner of the Princeton-West Virginia game on Tennessee on Sunday.
Bona (23-7) will travel to Corvallis, Ore. for its Dallas Regional game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday against Oklahoma State (21-9, which tied for fourth place in the Big 12 Conference). The Bonnies’ selection as an at-large team came as a mild surprise after they lost their quarterfinal game of the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament to VCU following a fourth-place finish in the A-10 regular season.
Bona last went to the NCAAs in 2012 and reached the Sweet 16.
Defending national champion Connecticut (32-0) is the No. 1 overall seed and will host Robert Morris in Storrs, Conn. at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
South Carolina was the No. 1 seed in the Sioux Falls, S.D., Regional and will open tournament play at home against Jacksonville on Saturday. Baylor is the No. 1 seed in the Dallas Regional and open against Idaho in Waco, Texas. on Friday. Notre Dame (31-1) will be the No. 1 seed in the Lexington, Ky. Regional and face North Carolina A&T on its home floor in South Bend, Ind., on Friday.